Football/Soccer Session (Difficult): Improving the midfield in defending as a unit

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Frank Greenawalt
Name: Frank Greenawalt
City: Riverside
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 20 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Stage I

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Stage I
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Stage I (30 mins)

Warm Up (30 min)

Juggling (5 min)

RWB (5 Min)

Dynamic Stretching (5 min)

Organization

- 40 x 40 area set up as shown

- 8 Players (5 Attackers & 3 Defenders) set up as shown

- 2 mini goals (1 at either end) set up as shown

- 1 ball (additional on outside)

Activity

- Attacking players (Red) aim to keep possession & transfer the ball from one end of the area to the other to score (A3). They are free to use team mates (A1/A2) inside the area to do so (5v3)

- If Attacker (A3) receives the ball either (A1/A2) joins them on the outside. One of the Attackers from opposite end must enter the area & take their place. Game continues in opposite direction!

- Defending players (Yellow) attempt to deny & disrupt Attackers transfer of possession across the area

- When Defenders win the ball they aim to combine & score into mini goal. They can only score in the goal facing them facing them (3v2) see diagram.

- Attackers (A1/A2) can win the ball back & play back to outside

- If the ball is lost, goes out of play or a goal is scored attacking players grab a ball and restart the play!

Coaching Points

- Anticipation: be alive, alert & ready to intercept/block passes

- Connection: Stay connected as a unit. Slide, Screen & Show the play away from danger

- Focus: Concentration on the ball & its movement

- Transition: Adjust & React quickly if Attackers manage to penertrate

- Communication: Coach each others movements, try to make the play predictable


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Stage II

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Stage II (20 mins)

Small SIded Activity (20 min)

Organization

- 40 x 60 area set up as shown

- Smaller "Attacking Zone" set up as shown

- 9 Players (4 Attackers, 4 Defenders, 1 Goalkeeper)

- 3 Mini Goals set up as shown

- 1 Ball (additional on outside)

Activity

- Play begins with (A1) who can only play within "Attacking Zone". Attackers look to build possession & score into any of the three mini goals

- Midfielders (Yellow) look to contain & deny Attackers penertration and goal scoring opportunities

- When Midfielders win the ball they can combine with each other & with (T) who acts as an central forward (3v3+1)

- One Midfielder can join (T) in "Attacking Zone" & look to score (2v1)

- No opposition players (Red) are able to drop into "Attacking Zone"

- If ball is lost, goes out of play, or a goal is scored play begins once again with (A1)

Coaching Points

- Anticipation: be alive, alert & ready to intercept/block passes

- Connection: Stay connected as a unit. Slide, Screen & Show the play away from danger

- Focus: Concentration on the ball & its movement

- Communication: Coach each others movements, try to make the play predictable

- Transition: Adjust & React quickly if Attackers manage to penertrate, Score & changes of possession

- Finishing: Look to attack quckly on the counter - be positive & take advantage of overload

Progression

P - Attacker (Red) is able todrop into "Attacking Zone" to support (A1) in building possession (2v1)

P - Forward (T) is active from start (2v2) & Midfielder (Yellow) can track opponent into "Attacking Zone" (2v2)

P - Goalkeeper can also start the play & join in to help Attackers (Red) tobuild possession (2/3v1)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Stage III

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Stage III (20 mins)

Expanded Small Sided Game (20 min)

Organization

- Full pitch set up as shown (Box to Box)

- Middle 1/3 zone marked as shown (cones)

- 12 Players (5 Attackers, 5 Defenders & 2 Goalkeepers)

- 4 Mini Goals set up as shown

- 2 Full Size Goals set up as shown

Activity

- Play begins with either goalkeeper who work with Attackers (Red) to score in Mini Goals at opposite end. Play is directional

- (A1) can operate both in and outside of middle 1/3 & receive from goalkeeper (see diagram) can pass or dribble into middle 1/3 zone

- Midfielders/Defenders (Yellow) aim to deny, distrupt & block passing lines, win possession & to score in full size goal. Must score in goal they are facing. Cannot turn & score in goal behind them!

- Once Yellow win the ball they are free to build attacks through & out of the middle 1/3 and score by passing combinations and dribbling

- If goalkeeper makes a save, ball goes out of play or a goal is scored play begins from goalkeeper & play restarts again

Coaching Points

- Anticipation: be alive, alert & ready to intercept/block passes

- Connection: Stay connected as a unit. Slide, Screen & Show the play away from danger

- Focus: Concentration on the ball & its movement

- Communication: Coach each others movements, try to make the play predictable

- Strategy: Which is best defensive strategy to adopt; drop, block, contain? push & press?

- Transition: Adjust & React quickly if Attackers manage to penertrate, Score & changes of possession

- Finishing: Look to attack quckly on the counter - be positive & take advantage of overload


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Stage IV

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Stage IV (20 mins)

SSG 9 v 9 No Restrictions (20 min)

1-3-3-2 v 1-3-2-3

Coaching Points: Reinforce Coaching Points From Previos Stages as they apply to games

Cool Down/Dynamic Stretching


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